Easy No Bake Carrot Bars

  Mar 4, 2021  |  #Recipes

Carrot Oatmeal Raisin Bars are a delicious carrot cake bars recipe made with a raisin and date puree, shredded carrots, peanut butter and oats. They make for a family friendly snack any time of year!

overhead shot of carrot cake no bake bars topped with shredded carrots on parchment paper

Whether you enjoy carrot cake for Easter or not, these no bake carrot bars are healthy and worth of enjoying as a snack any time of year. 

Similar to carrot cake energy bites, this carrot oatmeal raisin bars recipe only requires a handful of ingredients, probably ingredients that you always keep stocked in your pantry

Ingredients For No Bake Carrot Bars

Have you ever tried the carrot cake lara bars? I was inspired to make my own.

You’ll be pleasantly surprised how easy these come together. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • oats
  • shredded carrots
  • raisins
  • coconut oil
  • peanut butter
  • dates
  • ginger
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg
  • salt

food processor with raisin and date puree

And obviously, as you probably could have guessed, since there is no baking (or eggs) involved, you can enjoy these vegan carrot cake bars as you go.

That’s how I “test” my recipes.

How to Puree Raisins

This recipe is unique in that we’re upgrading the typical date puree. I pureed dates and raisins together to combine natural sweeteners. 

To process these carrot cake snack bars, you will need a food processor or at the very least, a mini food processor. This is the one I have. 

dates, raisins and oats pureed in food processor

Always remember to soften the dates in water, if need be. I tend to forget that step. Then, add raisins and softened pitted dates to the food processor and pulse until combined. Then, add shredded carrots and pulse. 

Then, you’ll add in the rest of the ingredients and pulse until combined. Transfer it to a baking pan with parchment paper and put it in the freezer to firm up. 

Then you’re good to go! I think adding the raisin puree really sets these apart. 

9x9 baking pan with no bake carrot cake bars

I’ve always been jealous of people enjoying the typical carrot cake. Carrot cake is typically made with walnuts, and I’m allergic to walnuts. 

So, yeah, I’ve never been able to enjoy it. I wish I could though because I’m a sucker for cream cheese frosting. I almost just want to make this a carrot snack cake and rather than cutting the bars, top them with frosting. There you have it. 

I tend to just make my own carrot cake recipes, like these carrot oatmeal raisin bars.

I really enjoy these healthy no bake carrot cake bars because they are quick and easy, just how I like my snacks. 

closeup of no bake vegan carrot cake bars on parchment paper topped with shredded carrot

Common Questions

  • How Do You Store These Healthy Oatmeal Raisins Bars? Just store them in an airtight container at room temperature for 3-5 days. You can also keep them in the fridge (for up to 7 days) or freezer (up to 3 months).
  • Can You Freeze These Raw Vegan Carrot Cake Bars? Yes! I like to just take them out of the freezer and let them thaw for 10 minutes before enjoying. Slater with peanut butter or frosting, as desired.  
  • Are These Carrot Cake Granola Bars Okay for Kids? They work perfectly as a kid-friendly snack. There’s no added sugars, and the natural sugars come from dates and raisins. They are also high in fiber, and get healthy fat and protein from peanut butter. 
  • Can You Add Icing to Carrot Cake Snack Bars? Totally! If you wanted to add a vegan icing, you could mix powdered sugar, vegan butter, vanilla extract and a plant-based milk. Here’s a run down of how to make it

no bake carrot cake bars cut into squares on gray plate with gold lining and raisins on plate

I like offering these no bake carrot bars to my daughter, Camryn, because she can eat them as we go along, and it’s a new way for her to eat carrots. 

We typically don’t shred carrots much otherwise, so this is a fun new way to present (new) vegetables. 

overhead shot of carrot cake no bake bars topped with shredded carrots on parchment paper

Healthy No Bake Carrot Bars

Yield: 12 bars
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Carrot Oatmeal Raisin Bars are a delicious carrot cake bars recipe made with a raisin and date puree, shredded carrots, peanut butter and oats. They make for a family friendly snack any time of year!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup pitted dates (soaked and softened)
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup shredded carrots (about 2-3 medium carrots)
  • 2 ¼ cups rolled oats, divided
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • ¼ cup drippy peanut butter 
  • 1/8 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Soak dates in water to soften them, if needed.
  2. Add softened and pitted dates to food processor and pulse until chopped and combined. Add raisins and shredded carrots and pulse a bit more.
  3. Add 1 ¼ cup of rolled oats, coconut oil, peanut butter, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt to processor.
  4. Pulse for 2-4 minutes, or until all ingredients are mixed and well combined.
  5. Transfer to bowl and mix with remaining cup of rolled oats until oats are soaked into date and raisin mixture.
  6. Line 8x8 baking pan with parchment paper. Transfer mixture to pan and push down evenly.
  7. Transfer to freezer for 45 minutes to firm up.
  8. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 160Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 131mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 3gSugar: 12gProtein: 4g

If you give these a try, please rate and review the recipe. I’d love to know what you think!

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